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captioning sponsored by cbs >> dubois: her comes hermine. it's now a hurricane threatening to become the first to make landfall in florida in more than a decade. also tonight, donald trump's softer stand on illegal immigration hardens again. >> anyone who has entered the united states illegally is subject to deportation. >> dubois: what goes up goes down in flames. an embarrassing setback for the private space flight industry. and a pro football player's refusal the stand for the national anthem angers military veterans. >> if he's not for our country and the united states flag, get out of my country. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> dubois: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm maurice dubois. hermine became a hurricane today, and it is taking aim at florida. watches and warnings are up tonight along the gulf coast of the state, and up the atlantic coast as far north as new jersey. hermine would be first hurricane to make landfall in florida since wilma in 200511 years ago. and that is expected the happen overnight. omar villafranca is in panama city in the florida panhandle. >> reporter: florida's gulf coast is preparing to get hammered by hurricane hermine. near panama city beach, residents are getting ready for soaking rain and wind speeds up to 75mph. shawn cubbedge is shutting down his seaside business early to prepare for the estimated 15 inches of rain the storm could drop. >> just for the safety of our employees and for the safety of the business, as well, we're going to close up, bring all the tables and chairs inside, you know, just in case there are some high wismedz we don't want anything to be blown away.
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>> reporter: the category 1 hurricane is expected to bring a storm surge that could swamp low-lying coastal areas in as much as nine feet of water. 51 counties in the sunshine state have declared an emergency. florida governor rick scott is warning residents to be prepared for the worst. >> that storm surge by itself is life-threatening. we're going to have significant power lines down. we're going to have a lot of downed trees across the state. >> reporter: hermine is already having an impact on florida's west coast. in the big bend area where the eye of the storm is expected to hit overnight, a mandatory evacuation has been ordered as the first bands of the storm kicks up wind and waves. hundreds of schools along the florida gulf coast will be closed tomorrow. maurice, not only do people have to worry about the coming hurricane. they also have to keep an eye out for any possible tornadoes that this storm might spawn. >> dubois: omar villafranca in panama city, florida, tonight. eric fisher is chief
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meteorologist at our cbs station in boston wbz. eric, how do you see this playing out? >> reporter: well, maurice, i don't like what i see over these last few hours. certainly hermine has been strengthening as it approaches florida and looks every inch a very potent hurricane this evening. it makes landfall and moves along the eastern seaboard. it moves quickly at first but then it's full stop just off shore of atlantic city. here it will sit and drift for several days. that poses a couple problems. as we look toward the mid atlantic, especially on sunday, our strongest winds, which could gust over 60mph at the shoreline, but because it will be moving very slowly, just drifting over time and weakening overtime, it's going to stack up a lot of surf and a lot of on-shore flow. so from southern new england, from long island and especially the jersey shore down toward virginia, we could see significant coastal erosion from this storm, and this might be one of the biggest impacts felt in the mid atlantic this weekend. >> dubois: okay, meteorologist eric fisher watching hermine tonight. florida reported today that the zika virus has been found in
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mosquitoes captured in traps in miami beach. this is first time a pool of zika-carrying mosquitoes has been covered in the continental united states. 49 people have been infected in florida by local mosquitoes. 68 days now until the presidential election, and donald trump's attempt to clarify his position on illegal immigration clearly isn't working. here's major garrett. >> don't worry. we're going to build that wall. that wall will go up. it's going to go up. >> reporter: that was donald trump today in ohio. construction of a wall on the u.s.-mexico border has been one constant of trump's immigration plan. another: >> and mexico will pay for the wall. >> reporter: but mexican president enrique pena nieto, who met with trump yesterday, tweeted that would never happen. the only other constant for the rest of trump's immigration plan has been its recent lack of clarity. it began when trump met with hispanic leaders on august
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20th and left some with the impression he would roll back his proposal to remove the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. the next day campaign manager kellyanne conway hedged on a so-called deportation force. >> to be determined. >> reporter: trump then denied a shift. >> no, i'm not flip-flopping. >> reporter: but the next day trump used a new term that alarmed conservatives. >> and there certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people. >> reporter: ann coulter, a firebrand conservative and trump supporter, pounced. >> it sounds as if some campaign component has slipped into his campaign. >> reporter: trump then reversed himself on cnn. >> i don't think it's a softening. >> but 11 million people are no no longer being deported? >> i've heard people say it's a hardening. >> reporter: all of which left to a subdued trump yesterday. >> both of our countries will work together for mutual good. >> reporter: followed by his bare-knuckled declaration last night in phoenix and some firm
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policy descriptions. >> you cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the united states by illegally entering our country. it's our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us. [cheering and applause] >> reporter: trump said he would prioritize removal of undocumented criminals. >> we're going to triple the number of ice deportation officers. we're also going to hire 5,000 more border patrol agents. >> reporter: trump remains wary of any details on deporting undocumented immigrants who otherwise broke no other laws. maurice, trump said today he wouldn't even tackle that issue until after an estimated 700,000 to 2 million criminal immigrants had been de30r9ed. -- deported. >> dubois: major garrett
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following the trump campaign tonight. hillary clinton left it to a couple of high-rank surrogates to attack trump's immigration status today. >> he choked when it came right to it. >> reporter: clinton was off the trail today, but her running mate was everywhere. >> he folded under pressure. it was a diplomatic embarrassment. >> reporter: mocking the dealmaker. >> he has been talking non-stop, we're going to build a wall, we're going to make mexico pay for it. but when he sat down and he looked president pena nieto in the eye, he didn't have the guts to bring that up. >> reporter: in ohio, vice president biden broadened the argument, accusing trump of sending mixed messages to many u.s. allies. >> the idea that i ever thought i'd get in my career i'd get in a plane to basically make an emergency flight to hold the hands of three presidents from estonia, latvia, and lithuania and say, no, no, no, no, no, he doesn't represent republicans or democrats on this. >> reporter: it's become a key
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part of the clinton playbook. keep the focus on trump's troubles and off clinton's. biden barely mentioned her today, and when he did, it was with a caveat. >> i know some of you are mad at hillary. i know some of you look at her and say, let me tell you something, man, she gets it. and she never yields. she does not break. >> reporter: on "cbs this morning," kaine insisted clinton is not avoiding attention or the media. >> you see hillary take questions from reporters every day. she does. she talks to the press everywhere she goes. >> reporter: actually, the last time clinton answered even one question from her traveling press was two and a half weeks ago on august 16th. her aides promise that will start to change this month when for the first time, maurice, she will be sharing a plane with her press pack everywhere she goes. >> dubois: nancy cordes following the clinton campaign. more than 1,000 people in east chicago, indiana, are scrambling to find new homes. their entire neighborhood is contaminated with lead and
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arsenic. the federal government knew about this for years but apparently no one told the residents until recently. jericka duncan is there. >> reporter: anna arreola had her three-year-old son screened for lead today. they just moved to the east chicago area, and she wanted to make sure he was okay. so far he's safe. not the case for two-year-old samira allen, whose lead levels are six times higher than normal. her parents, chantal and charles allen, have lived in the west calumet neighborhood for six years. they say all five of their children's lead levels are in the danger zone. >> we are walking and living in poison. so i feel like they should be taking this a lot more seriously. [knocking] >> reporter: in 2008, the environmental protection agency declared the west calumet neighborhood a contaminated superfund site, built on on the of an old lead refinery, and addressed clean-up options with the city, but according to the
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mayor's office, it wasn't until may of this year, six years later, that the e.p.a. shared alarming contamination levels with the city. residents of this low-income housing complex were living on lead-laced soil 66 times higher than what's considered safe. since then the e.p.a. placed signs throughout the neighborhood warning children to stay off the grass. attorney barry rooth represents the allens and more than 100 other people impacted by the contaminated soil. >> we're going to find out where this breakdown occurred. and then we're going to go after that problem to compensate the victims. >> reporter: federal officials are paying to relocate the more than 1,000 people who live here, and maurice, tonight, the attorney for the city tells me that out of an abundance of caution they also plan to test the water for lead. >> dubois: jericka duncan in east chicago, indiana, tonight. slavery has been called
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america's original sin. today a prominent catholic university owned up to its role in that sin and told us how it plans to atone for it. [bell tolls] >> reporter: georgetown, founded in 1789, is the oldest catholic jesuit university in the united states. it has an endowment of $1.5 billion now, but in 1838 the university was deep in debt and sold 272 slaves to stay open. today university president degioia apologized. >> we will seek forgiveness for our participation in the institution of slavery. >> reporter: last year degioia created a committee to explore how the university should atone for its slavery past. in july he told cbs news why. >> in this moment in america, we're living with the fact that we never ameliorated the original evil of slavery. >> reporter: the university
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says it will give preferential admission to descendants of the slaves it sold for what today would be $3.3 million. it's estimated there are 10 to 15,000 of those descendants who now get the same special look as those of alumni and donors. karen royal, one of the descendant, called it a good first step. >> our country is really torn apart by racial strife right now, and georgetown as a jesuit institution is perfectly positioned to lead the charge with us. >> reporter: the university is also creating an institute to study slavery's legacy, building a memorial and renaming two buildings, one for a runaway slave named isaac. the university still has a $30 reward notice for his capture. for descendants like cheryllyn branche and her brother john living in louisiana, georgetown's push for answers has solved a mystery for her family. >> not having your history is something that we've lived with. but in reality, it stays with you. who are you? who were you before you were
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born when you were a whisper, when you were a thought? report racial tensions here on campus and across the country in recent years triggered georgetown's introspection, and while descendant still feels the school hasn't done enough, others hope more institutions with similar histories follow suit. >> dubois: coming up next on the "cbs evening news," facebook didn't like this. it latest project went um in flames. and later mind travel. the device that can take seniors virtually anywhere in the world.
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>> dubois: today a spectacular spacex rocket explosion marked a huge failure for the private space industry. it was also a setback for facebook's latest project. here's vinita nair. >> reporter: you saw it before you heard it. [explosion] the explosion ripped through the
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upper part of the falcon 9 rocket before it clansed in flames on a launchpad at cape canaveral. the rocket was being fueled at the time and was due to launch in two days. it had intended to carry a $200 million satellite for facebook that would have provided internet access to large parts of africa. there were no injuries. cause still unknown. more soon, tweeted elon musk, the billionaire owner of spacex, who also helped create tesla motors. >> and liftoff. >> reporter: despite 25 successful launches from this site in 2010, spacex has suffered numerous setbacks. they have lost rockets trying to land them upright in the atlantic ocean, and in 2015 there was another explosion, this time after liftoff. next month spacex is expected to talk about a mission to mars. but an explosion this size ensures more scrutiny of space travel funded by companies.
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spacex already has a backlog of more than $10 billion in launch orders. it's still unclear how badly their launchpad was damaged or, maurice, what caused that blast. >> dubois: vinita nair, thank you. when we come back in just a moment, colin kaepernick takes his national anthem protest to a military town. zero heartburn! prilosec otc: the #1 doctor recommended frequent heartburn medicine for ten straight years. one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. it's the final days of the and the deals just got better. ♪ i'm free to do what i want and have a good time. ♪ just announced! 0% financing plus $500 labor day cash across the entire 2016 ford lineup. and specially tagged vehicles get an extra $1000 smart bonus cash. freedom from interest... and freedom to choose with ford. america's best-selling brand. ♪ i'm free, baby! hurry. get 0% for 72 and $500 labor day cash across the entire ford lineup. plus specially tagged vehicles get another $1000
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francisco 49ers' quarterback colin kaepernick. >> i'll continue to sit. >> reporter: kaepernick ignited a firestorm by sitting down during the national anthem. he says he considers the american flag a symbol of opression against people of color. >> when there is significant change and i feel like what that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way they're supposed to, i'll stand. >> his actions were disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful. >> reporter: former nfl quarterback and cbs football analyst boomer esiason. >> when you see people disrespecting the flag or the national anthem, it really rubs you the wrong way. >> reporter: but here in san diego, where tonight's game is billed as "military appreciation night." capnerhurst's -- kaepernick's stance struck a nerve. jennifer shadden will be there. >> when he's stepping on the flag, he's stepping on a lot of our veterans. >> i won't watch a 49er game because of him. >> reporter: but kaepernick is getting some support from those
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in the military under the hashtag #veteransforkaepernick. army veteran jeremiah thompson is more conflicted. you fought for his right. >> i did. >> reporter: to sit down when the national anthem is being played. >> yes, sir, as much as i don't agree with it, it is his right. >> reporter: outspoken miami dolphins running back arian foster has talked with kaepernick and supports him. >> you're entitlementled to feel or say whatever you want to about colin kaepernick, but there are people in this country that are hurting, whether you want the believe it or not. >> reporter: it's still not clear if kaepernick will be on the field when the national anthem is sung by naval officer as a giant american flag is unfurled on the field and navy seals are skydiving into the stadium. mauer reesing -- maurice, military appreciation night is a big deal here. >> dubois: carter evans in san diego tonight. john lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement, is one of the most revered, rmghted and distinguished members of congress, but it turns out he
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>> dubois: finally tonight, for some older folks travel can be difficult, but now there is a device that can take them anywhere, even back in time. here's michelle miller. >> oh, a maze. >> reporter: the men and women here at the brookdale senior living community don't need the leave the building to take a trip to the french countryside. >> castles upon castles. >> reporter: they've got the power of virtual reality. >> this is unbelievable. >> reporter: they can soar through yosemite national park.
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>> no, no, no. i don't like heights. oh, my heavens. >> reporter: and explore the depths of the ocean. >> whoa, look at that fish. >> reporter: m.i.t. grad students dennis lally and reed hayes are pioneering the use of this technology with seniors. >> i feel for the people living inside these communities that they don't have enough stimulation. they need to have a sense of wonder about the world again. they need to be curious. they need to be exploring. and when you're physically not able to do that by yourself, then virtual reality is a wonderful aid to provide that. >> reporter: the experience is even more meaningful for seenors like marion keefe. she got the opportunity to return home. >> do you recognize the house? >> yeah. well, wait a minute. oh, don't say that. 90 lupin way! who did this? >> reporter: you touched off her emotions.
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she felt something. >> absolutely. other people in the room fete it. and those are extremely powerful moments that a 2-d picture just won't provide. >> thank you. thank you. >> julia childs. >> reporter: ads shakur, a chef, says he's still got many traveling days ahead of him. >> wow, this looks phenomenal. >> reporter: but he was overjoyed to virtually visit a restaurant he opened in berlin nearly two decades ago. >> that's seriously addictive. come on. >> reporter: this? >> yeah. i could stay there. it will go wherever i want. >> reporter: a trip of a lifetime from the comfort of your chair. michelle miller, cbs news, quincy, massachusetts. >> dubois: and that is the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm maurice dubois in new york. thanks for joining us. have a good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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